Geirlandsá

The Geirlandsá River

Believed to be the main spawning tributary of the Skaftá river, Often called the most beautiful seatrout river in Iceland. The river runs in a volcanic area where you will experience fishing in lava fields and black sands surrounded by mountains and canyons. The river allows you to fish with both double-handed rods swinging flies as well as nymphing through some stunning pools with a single-handed rod.

The river runs through the valley of Síða just east of the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Its source is in “Geirlandsbotnar “ about 500 meters above sea level. The river is roughly 22km (14 miles) and is home to two spectacular waterfalls, Fagrifoss and Hagafoss. The latter being the furthest upriver anadromous species can reach. From Hagafoss the river runs several miles through spectacular canyons that hold endless pools and runs to cast a fly into. To reach Hagafoss anglers must hike almost a mile up the canyon, which is only recommended for those in decent physical shape. Those that do will experience one of the most spectacular sceneries found anywhere. Below the canyon section, the river meanders through gravel banks before being joined by the tributary river Stjórn.
There the character of the river changes again, the bottom changes from gravel to sand, and the river name changes to Breiðbalakvísl.

Although known for its large, both in size and numbers Sea-Run brown trout, Geirlandsá is also home to a decent number of Atlantic salmon

 

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Distance from Reykjavík:

275km

Season:

1.april - 20. October

Average size:

8 pounds

Number of rods:

4

Tackle:

Fly only

Fishing equipment:

Single or double handed #6-8

The best flies:

Streamers and nymphs

Lodging:

Geirlandsá lodge self catering - Battle Hill Lodge full service

Accessability:

Mixed

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A Hidden Gem in the Highlands – The river Kaldakvísl is truly a hidden gem. Fished only by a select few, Kaldakvísl has now been made exclusively available only to the customers of Fish Partner. Words are unequal to the task of describing the landscape’s beauty. Diversity and contrasts are the river’s main characteristics.
One of the best brown trout beats in the world – Villingavatnsárós (means the mouth of river Villingavatnsá) is one of the greatest brown trout beats in the world. The beat offers the opportunity to catch the giant ice age brown trout on small nymphs and dry flies. Streamers can also be strong. The beat is only fished with two rods and all brown trout shall be released. It is fly-fishing only.
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Accessability

  • Easy – Very little hiking required, easy for every one.
  • Modrate – Some hiking required.
  • Hard – Strenuous hiking require, good physical conditions required.
  • Mixed – Some easy access areas and others that require hiking.